Selkirk set to take the Low road to new league

Football Festival. SBJFA cup final.Gala Fairydean v Selkirk
Football Festival. SBJFA cup final.Gala Fairydean v Selkirk

Selkirk vice-chairman Ross Anderson says he is “95 per cent certain” the club are heading to the Lowland League next season.

Anderson and manager Mike McKinnon attended Hampden on Monday for a meeting with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan.

The conference was “very positive” according to Anderson, and Selkirk indicated their desire to enter the new division, which will eventually act as a feeder to the Scottish Football League.

Anderson told The Wee Paper: “The SFA said it will go to the SFL with the plans, but even if they don’t agree, it should still go ahead as a pilot scheme. The SFA is really pushing it.”

Last night saw the East of Scotland League hold its AGM, with Hibs expected to enter a youth team next season.

Selkirk will retain its membership, even if they go to the Lowland League, and plan to run a second side in the EoS under-21 division.

“That would give us a chance to add to the senior squad, and also give the first-team players recovering from injury a run-out,” added Anderson.

Selkirk have also announced an extensive pre-season friendly list at Yarrow Park, starting with North Berwick on June 29, followed by Hearts (July 6), Falkirk (July 9), Hibs (July 10), away to Abbey Vale (July 13), Carlisle City (July 20) and Hamilton Accies (July 22).

Meanwhile, Selkirk Victoria are currently debt suspended from the Border Amateur League for an unpaid fine after failing to play a Waddell Cup game against Tweeddale Rovers last season.

The Division B side will have to pay the fine – which has been doubled to £100 – before the BAL’s AGM on June 20 at Hawick, otherwise face not being able to play next season.

In Sunday’s Festival of Football, Selkirk lost out 6-1 to Gala Fairydean in the SBJFA Cameron Gunn Under-15s Cup final at Netherdale.

The depleted Souters were missing five players due to a school trip to France, but fought gamely against the league champions who included the impressive striker Tommy Patterson, who hails from the Royal Burgh.

Coach Iain Clark said: “We were missing a number of players and it was always going to be difficult as Gala are a really good side.

“We have taken an under-13s side up to under-15s to try and keep them together and hopefully that will happen next season.”

Gala took the lead through Martin Jeffrey, but at the start of the second third, Selkirk grabbed a shock equaliser as Chris Stansfield’s fine run and cross was met by Fraser Easson for a cracking goal.

But further goals from Martin Jeffrey, Tyler Jeffrey, Patterson, Jake Grierson and an own goal saw Gala emerge victorious. Dean coach Fred Blackie revealed Patterson, who turned out for Gala’s first team last month at the age of just 14, is attracting interest from SFL side Cowdenbeath.